- Suspended ANC Chairperson and Premier of the North West Supra Mahumapelo has made calls for the ANC step-aside resolution to be postponed
- Mahumapelo stated that the ANC was violating the Constitution of the country by instituting the 30-day step-aside resolution
- Mahumapelo believes it's best for the ANC to suspend the step-aside resolution until the party's next national conference, set for 2022
Former African National Congress (ANC) Premier of the North West and Chairperson Supra Mahumapelo has requested that the ruling party suspend its step-aside resolution on a national level until its next conference.
Mahumapelo spoke about the ruling party 'violating' the Constitution with the rule. He stated that a few of the ANC's resolutions are in conflict with the law of the country. The suspended politician noted that there are unlawful aspects to some of the resolutions.
Mahumapelo believes the ruling party wouldn't win if it were to be challenged in court with regards to the resolutions. Mahumapelo stated that it was his own view that the resolutions need to be lifted until the next national conference.
According to a report by TimesLIVE, the politician requested that branches of the ANC write to the National Executive Committee (NEC) to state that certain parts of the resolution conflict with SA law. Mahumapelo believes that to address this, the aspects that conflict with the law need to be resolved before the national conference, which is set to occur in December 2022.
The report continued by saying that Mahumapelo believes the National Conference can remedy the problems being faced but the NEC cannot. Mahumapelo was addressing branch members of the ruling party in Delareyville.
A report by SABC News stated that Mahumapelo broke down the reasoning behind his requested suspension of the rule. The suspended politician stated that if the resolution was postponed, the ANC would be complying with both the law of the country and the resolution.
Previously, Briefly News reported that many ANC members could face possible suspension with the 30-day step-aside resolution. During the National Executive Committee meeting on the evening of Monday, 29 March, the ANC NEC, led by President Cyril Ramaphosa, gave members who are facing criminal charges (including Ace Magashule) 30 days to resign or face suspension.
President Ramaphosa stated at the NEC meeting that all members who have been charged with corruption must step aside under rule 25.70 of the ANC Constitution.
This includes Magashule, who is defending himself against charges of corruption in relation to the infamous R255 million asbestos roofing audit. Magashule has loudly and continuously denied the corruption charges made against him.
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